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How to have a creative renaissance! (Even when you have artistic burnout. And kids. In a pandemic. When everything is awful.)

Stress, poor sleep, and a shortage of alone-time can all be creativity killers–and it’s a rare artist who doesn’t feel stuck, frustrated, or burnt-out right now.  But the creative brain is characterized by its ability to widen its perceptual field and invite new experiences. The creative brain draws meaning from…

Holiday on-ramps and off-ramps: Diving into and easing out of vacation with zero regrets

Holidays aren’t just about the vacation days, they’re also about the days leading up to the vacation days… and the days following the vacation days. Fortunately it’s possible to mentally prepare for your winter break and make accommodations for your post-holiday depression.  To ease transitions you can keep your favorite…

Are my fears normal or do I have postpartum anxiety? Here’s what new moms need to know

Today, new moms understand that they may experience “the baby blues” and maybe even postpartum depression. These are two very real possibilities that they prepare for. But there’s another common condition that new moms develop after having a baby that is less talked about: postpartum anxiety. While it’s normal to…

My family stresses me out: Cut back on family conflict and stress by prioritizing time alone and communicating openly

Family conflict and stress is, well, distressing. While it’s normal to fight with our loved ones—especially the family members we see and talk to regularly—withstanding and working through these conflicts is far from easy. Not to mention that the impact of stress on families is damaging, both in the short…

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